Though a diesel vehicle may look and act in many respects like a traditional vehicle, diesel engines require additional maintenance. When properly serviced and maintained, diesel engines are often considered to be far more reliable and cost-effective, but there are some intricacies and quirks in their operation.
Diesel Particulate Filter Cleaning
Particulates are in everything. Over time, a diesel engine can collect quite a few in its particulate filter. The particulate filter has to be cleaned out in order to both improve its effectiveness and maintain the efficiency of the engine itself. Particulate filters can be turned into a cleaning service and then returned once cleaned. The life of the filter will often depend on the vehicle itself but can be over 200,000 miles.
Repairs after Overheating
An overheated engine generally isn't something to worry about in a standard gas engine. But it can be something to worry about in a diesel engine. In general, most diesel cars will not overheat unless something is seriously wrong. At that point, it should be towed directly to a maintenance shop. You should not attempt to operate it.
Keeping the Fuel Tank Full
It's ideal to keep a diesel engine full. Keeping a fuel tank full will prevent condensation from collecting within the tank. Over time, this condensation can get pulled into the fuel line and could ultimately cause damage.
Installing a Heater for the Block
If you live in a cold area or an area that has extreme winter weather, you may want to consider installing a heater for the block. Installing a heater for the block will make it easier for the car to start, which can reduce stress on the engine itself. This will also make starting your vehicle more convenient overall.
Monitoring and Maintaining Gaskets
Gaskets can begin to leak in a diesel engine if they are not properly maintained. On a regular basis, you should make sure that the bolts have been tightened and that any leaks have not started. Once a leak does begin, you'll need to replace the gasket.
With the proper maintenance, diesel engines are known for long outliving traditional gas engines. Naturally, this does come with a trade-off: if you do let the maintenance slide, you can do some serious damage to your engine. Taking your vehicle to a shop like Regeneration Services LLC that specializes in diesel engines may be another way to ensure the long life of your vehicle.